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coming up, if you're not a huge football fan -- he's bowing. if you're not a huge football fan but you are going to a party today, josh will arm you with some smart things to say. >> new orleans is definitely a city that knows how to party, this is actually the tenth super bowl they will be hosting. looking forward to hearing from josh. >> it is. also this morning, the gun control battle heats up after the white house releases this photo of the president skeet shooting at camp david on his birthday last august. well, the photo has generated lots of buzz. some people even claiming it was doctored, so how will it play into the red hot gun debate? george stephanopoulos joins us live with more about that. >> some skepticism this morning. and back to football quickly. check this out. this 6-year-old girl went viral crying because she couldn't propose, propose marriage, that is, to her favorite player j.j. watt. coming up we'll show you his extraordinary response and we're going to speak to him live, as well. as we said that is coming up. but we'll start with the breaking news overnight. an ex-navy s.e.a.l. and one of america's best known snipers murdered at a gun range in texas allegedly by a troubled former marine. this comes in the middle of
america's debate over gun control and rising concerns about troops returning home with ptsd and abc's reena ninan is on the story in washington this morning. reena, good morning to you. >> reporter: dan, good morning. he was 38 years old, and this morning his colleagues are stunned that the man who is self-labeled as the most lethal sniper in u.s. military history was gunned down in texas. he was the man dubbed as america's deadliest sniper. a member of navy team s.e.a.l. 3 shooting targets the length of 21 football fields away. chris kyle, who served four combat deployments and earned seven medals of bravery, shot saturday at the place he should have felt most at home, a texas gun range along with his neighbor. >> tap, racked, bang. >> reporter: audiences know kyle from the reality show "stars and stripes" and from his "new york times" best-selling book, "american sniper," reportedly shot down more iraqi insurgents than anyone else. >> you were so well known by the
iraqi insurgents you were fighting, they put a $20,000 bounty on your head. is that right? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: kyle volunteer the time to help vets cope with ptsd and reintroducing them to firearms. on guns.com, he explained the difficulty of returning for more. >> you don't have an identity, you have to learn a whole new way to act. >> reporter: now we're learning he may have been killed by a man he was trying to help. authorities have arrested 25-year-old eddie ray routh, a former marine believed to be suffering from ptsd. routh stole chris's vehicle, fled the scene but was apprehended after a car chase. it's unclear what the motive was. overnight memorial pages were created online. a message from dean cain, chris's partner on "stars and stripes." 2013 started out fantastic, now it's a heartbreak. #sadday. and sarah palin, "chris was a wonderful man, a good friend and a true american hero who loved our country and served honorably."
his death raises concenrs whether enough is being done for soldiers returning home suffering from ptsd especially as the war winds down in afghanistan. kyle leaves behind a wife and two kids. >> reena ninan, thank you for starting us off this morning. for more on this, let's go to chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz in the middle east covering tensions in that region. martha, this gentleman was a legend. what are you hearing from your sources in the military in terms of reaction this morning? >> reporter: well, the reaction has been overwhelming, quite honestly, dan. i have heard from so many soldiers, marines, who really truly are heartbroken. chris kyle was a legend. people looked up to him. people who didn't know him, they've all read his book, and this morning there is just overwhelming sadness about this. >> we have endured more than a decade of war in this country. how much of a concern is there right now about ptsd among our returning troops and will this case bring much-needed attention to this issue?
>> reporter: well, we can only hope it will bring attention, dan, because i for one don't think the country is quite prepared for the amount of ptsd that has been suffered, and now we have so many troops returning after ten years of war. something struck me that chris kyle said recently. he said, when in the military everything is for a greater good. when you return to civilian life, everything is for your own good. it's such an adjustment. you're away from your band of brothers, your band of sisters. you felt like you had a real cause. all these vets return. it is a very difficult transition, they don't want to be seen as victims but there are numerous problems. there are about 20% of returning veterans who say they have some sort of ptsd or mental health issue. >> that is an enormous issue. martha raddatz with such valuable perspective on this sunday morning, thank you, martha. bianna, over to you. >> all right, dan. we're going to turn now to
day six of the chilling siege in rural alabama where a 5-year-old autistic boy is being held in an underground bunker. in an odd twist this morning, negotiators are now publicly thanking the gunman. abc's gio benitez has the very latest from midland city. gio, this is a surprising development. >> reporter: it really is. bianna, good morning. that publy thank you came as a surprise to nearly everyone. and it came in the form of a press conference. >> we've had an open line of communication with mr. dykes. >> reporter: it was an unexpected moment of gratitude. >> i want to thank him for taking care of our child. that's very important. >> reporter: the local sheriff thanking 65-year-old hostage-taker jimmy lee dykes for the care of his 5-year-old victim. >> he's told us that he has an electric heater and some blankets inside, that he's taking care of him. >> reporter: abc news has learned dykes has requested that a reporter go down into the bunker to speak with him. in these satellite images you can see how secluded the area is from the busiest parts of town
in southern alabama. through a ventilation pipe, dykes is allowing negotiators to send ethan potato chips, coloring books, toys and medicine. >> i'm wondering if he's crying for his momma because him and his momma are very, very close. >> reporter: cindy steiner lives right next door to the 5-year-old boy, ethan, who for the past six days has been at the center of a hostage crisis. tuesday afternoon, police say dykes got on to a school bus and after demanding two children, he shot and killed driver charles poland and kidnapped ethan. >> ethan is a very loving little boy. he has lots of energy. he loves his momma. loves to be hugged. >> reporter: that's what you told me. you said he's a boy that loves to be hugged. >> loves to be hugged. he'll go up to anybody and ask them for a hug. >> reporter: she says ethan's mother is devastated and worried. >> because of ethan being
autism, he has behavioral problems and she don't want him to get in one of those moods where he's uncontrollable. she's scared of what would happen. >> reporter: if ethan is able to watch this right now, what would you say to him directly? >> ethan, hang tough, little man. we love you. we are praying. >> reporter: and now the very real possibility that 5-year-old, ethan, could spend his birthday in captivity. abc news learned he turns 6 next week. dan, bianna. >> just unbelievable. almost going on a week now, this poor little 5-year-old boy. >> and for his mother. as for his mother. all right. time for a check of the other developing stories. ron claiborne is off. john muller is in for him. great to see you, john. >> great to see you, bianna, dan. good morning, everybody. we begin with a major bus crash. it happened in boston, three people seriously injured when an oversized bus packed with high school students slammed into an overpass last night. some were trapped for hours under the crumpled roof. 30 others suffered minor injuries. the students had just visited harvard university and were returning home to philadelphia.
new details this morning on the terrorist attack on the u.s. embassy in turkey. three people reportedly arrested in connection with the suicide bombing. the bomber, part of a leftist militant group, had spent several years in prison on terrorism charges but was released on probation. a 3457b was tasered by police in front of buckingham palace this morning, holding a knife to his own throat. police swarmed up, and taking him in custody. the queen was not in the palace at the time. well, hawaii could soon become a celebrity safe haven from the paparazzi. the majority of state senators there backing the so-called steven tyler act. it's named after the aerosmith singer. it would give public figures the power to sue over unwanted photos and video. tyler just bought a home there in maui and requested that law. finally, most of us abandon our new year's resolutions a long time ago but one fat cat in virginia hitting the pool to shed some unwanted weight.
holly is about 20 pounds and her owner wants her to drop about seven. apparently swimming is the only exercise holly will agree to do. is that the only house cat in the whole world who loves the water? right? >> i'm not sure based on the look on holly's face she loves the water. >> good point. >> swimming is good exercise, though. >> i'm showing off and going back to the gym. >> that look says get me the aspca hot line. >> asap. >> john muller, thank you. now to the big game. the clock is kicking down to the kickoff of super bowl xlvii, the ravens against the 49ers, east coast against west coast, coach harbaugh against coach harbaugh and right in the middle of all of it, the man "gma" anchor josh elliott who we saw genuflecting at the top of the show. good morning, sir. >> reporter: dan, good morning to you. good morning, everybody. was that a cat swimming? >> yes, it was. yes, it was. you missed it. >> reporter: wow. how does one follow a swimming cat?
you know what one does, one comes here to new orleans. allow me to proselytize, and perhaps my voice is testament to it. there is no city that hosts a super bowl quite like the biggest of easies, and let me tell you, as we look ahead to super bowl xlvii, now hours away, ah, it has never been a better time to be here as it all now comes to a head tonight. with just hours to go until kickoff, super bowl mania in new orleans is in the air. almost 200,000 fans have flocked to the city this weekend, some still getting their tickets. between the san francisco 49ers and the baltimore ravens. who is the favorite to win? it would be a sixth super bowl triumph for san francisco. if the ravens win, linebacker ray lewis will leave with a second super bowl win in his storied 17-year career. this will definitely be the first win for a coach named harbaugh.
either ravens coach, john or 49ers coach jim will triumph in the first super bowl coached by a pair of brothers. >> who's better than us? >> all: nobody! >> reporter: but not everyone is tuning in to root for the men on the field. this year's star-studded performances include alicia keys singing the national anthem. and though beyonce has already proven that, yes, she can sing by herself. the question remains, will she sing as a part of a reunited destiny's child at halftime? there are always the ads. this year's crop as buzzy and controversial as ever, none more so than kate upton's provocative mercedes commercial which cost almost $4 million for just 30 seconds. what did you think when you got the call for a super bowl commercial? >> it's a fun spot. i mean, why wouldn't i want be to i part of it. >> reporter: i need a prediction. what do you think? >> i'm pulling for the 49ers. >> reporter: all right. perhaps mercedes' ceo steve cannon puts it best in his hope
for what will happen. >> i'm mostly rooting for a close game. >> reporter: i think steve actually spoke for all of us in saying that we all hope for a big game, and if we get it, we'll be getting it here again in this tremendous really quintessential american city in new orleans. nobody better, by the way, to show it to us than one emeril lagasse. a bit later in the program, guys, sam and i, a big tour from the man they call around here big chef. >> way to make us jealous, josh. help me out. you're a sports buff. give me the cliff notes version of what i need to know if i go to a party today about this game that makes me -- >> reporter: well, bianna, i have you. it is essentially not just a clash of cultures or really even styles, this is really nfl present versus nfl future. in the baltimore ravens, a big strong-armed traditional quarterback in joe flacco who is going to be looking to throw the ball deep downfield, take advantage of a
weak san francisco secondary. in the 49ers, however, they have a young speedster, a second year quarterback named colin kaepernick who has taken the league by storm and is really the poster boy for a new kind of offense, it's called the pistol offense, a running quarterback offense in which the quarterback decides do i hand the ball off or keep it myself and take it to the house? it's going to be interesting to see which wins out, but always, guys, always remember this, as so many super bowls have, it will come down to a battle of turnovers, the team that turns the ball over fewer times will almost certainly win what should be a decidedly close game. >> josh, you couldn't see this but bianna was writing pistol offense and nfl future. >> no, you know what, i can't go wrong with saying i'm rooting for coach harbaugh's team, right? >> fair enough. >> reporter: not at all. not at all. and let me tell you, what a wonderful family. i had the chance to talk to sara harbaugh last night, the wife of san francisco 49ers coach jim. she says as intense as he is and really his brother is, last
night playing with the kids getting ready for history just hours from now. >> it all comes down to tonight. josh, we'll see you later. thanks so much. our partners at espn have the big game covered. make sure to watch "sunday nfl countdown" beginning at 10:00 a.m. eastern time. of course, football isn't the only full contact sport we're talking about today. >> yes, keeping with our football theme, we've made this animation with these helmets smashing together, democrats and republicans smashing helmets over everything from a buzzy new picture of the president to his controversial nominee for defense secretary. and george stephanopoulos mercifully not wearing a helmet. >> you want me to put one on. >> he's very flexible. in the middle of this huge debate over gun control, the white house just yesterday releasing the picture of the president skeet shooting on his birthday. apparently last august. met with an enormous amount of skepticism among members of the media and also a lot of conservatives. so my question is, was this smart politics or sort of -- >> this is following up on the interview the president gave, i skeet shoot all the time.
there was a lot of skepticism about that so they put out the photo yesterday. listen, i understand why they put it out. it is not going to persuade one person who is against the president's gun control proposals that his heart is in the right place. there's no way that it will happen. buzz i get it. i get why the president wants to show he is not averse to all guns at all times. he just wants them in what he considers their proper place. >> meantime, the president's pick for defense secretary, chuck hagel, faced a rocky confirmation hearing last week to say the least. >> to say the least. >> did he hurt his performance? >> well, they're not defending his performance. they're not even arguing he did a good job before the senate on thursday and made several mistakes, but he's likely to still get confirmed. in fact, overnight another republican senator from nebraska, mike johan, said he would support chuck hagel. that gives him two republican senators. most of the democrats are still behind him, so he's going to get confirmed, but that was an uninspiring performance at best. >> i know you will talk some
foogt football on the show this morning, and force your roundtable to pick a favorite super bowl ad. >> force? they were having fun doing it. >> of the ads that have been released so far. let me force you, what is your favorite ad? >> so far, i mean i like a lot of them. this year the vw ad i think is hilarious. come on, be happy is fantastic. that go daddy ad is really something to see it kind of squirm inducing, i would say, but then on top of that, and they always do it, the new clydesdale ad is a real heart tugger. it is really something so a lot of them, and we're going to get all the roundtable to weigh in this morning. >> thank you, george. we should mention george has what we call in the business a big get on the show this morning. the man at the center of so much of the action in washington right now, senate majority leader harry reid later this morning on "this week." thank you again, george, and let's quickly get it over to ginger zee for a look at the forecast. >> good morning, guys. what we're starting with, a snowman, not a big deal, and february you say but this was north georgia, 3 to 6 inches in some of the places.
this is from blairsville, not so good on the road, though. accidents did happen and forced tow trucks all over. but what's going to happen is that same type of system. these are little clippers we call them, light snowmakers, hit pittsburgh too and they got about two inches but just north of pittsburgh, cranberry is where the video you're seeing is from, got up to 6 inches and ski areas around there are very happy. i'm not sure about the folks on the road there. anyway, more snow is on the way, some happening in eastern tennessee through western north carolina, asheville is on the line of that 3 to 6 which is more of the pink. 6 to 12 is where you see the magenta color, buffalo, watertown, west michigan going to continue to get that lake effect. quick look. new orleans, 68, really nice weather. let's get the super bowl forecast. it looks brilliant for all of the revelers that are coming out for the game, so even though the game is inside, good stuff there, clear skies too. th
>> even though the dakotas and northern minnesota often get that coldest place in the united states at least, look at this. frozen solid, that's grand haven, michigan, a beach i frequent quite a bit in the summers and where i grew up but it doesn't look so nice there when all that water freezes over the pier, and in chicago, look at the bottom there, the sand and the snow with that blowing snow. they've had a couple of inches. trying to get back up but still well below their average. that's a look at the weather now. more coming up. >> thanks, ginger. it's being called one of the biggest oscar snubs of the year, ben affleck ignored in the best
director category for his critically appraised film "argo." well, now it's affleck who may be getting the last laugh. winning the director's guild award after taking home a golden globe and s.a.g. award. a reversal of fortune when you consider where his career was heading before he stepped behind the camera. abc's rachel smith joins us from los angeles. and, rachel, this seems to be ben affleck's year. >> reporter: it could be, bianna. well, ben affleck's big win last night now makes for an intriguing oscar because dga award winners almost always go on to win the oscar for best director and their movies, the oscar for best picture. but that's not the case this year. "argo" is nominated for an oscar but its director, ben affleck, isn't. >> ben affleck. >> reporter: another mission accomplished for "argo." >> i tried really hard. i worked really hard at this. >> reporter: its director ben affleck, the first time directors guild of america nominee, taking home the award for outstanding directorial achievement for a feature film. >> time to go. >> i'm really lucky. i'm in a great place. >> reporter: the dga win is a dramatic high point in his
roller coaster career. after earning an original screen plays a kor with matt damon 15 years ago for "good will hunting," bombing in the box office with "gigli" a decade ago and recently gaining hollywood's attention for directing "gone baby gone" and "the town," affleck is riding high. >> look, life ebbs and flows. there are natural difficulties. i had this like very early success as a very young man and -- which is difficult to manage i think at any age, but particularly when you're young and i had some stuff work and some didn't and ran afoul of the press a little bit and became overexposed causing me to kind of turn around what do i want to do in this industry and that was around the time i took up directing. >> reporter: affleck was snubbed from the oscar directing category, but "argo" is nominated for a best picture oscar. >> "argo" has won repeatedly throughout the season, and now with this, the director's prize going to ben affleck and not spielberg, i think "lincoln" has become the serious underdog.
>> reporter: yet steven spielberg's "lincoln" has the most oscar nominations, 12, including best picture and best director. >> and i don't think this makes me a real director, but i think it means i'm on my way. >> reporter: even before he won last night, affleck said yesterday just being nominated by the dga gives him a sense of belonging as a director. bianna and dan? >> i think he has a future in the industry. >> yeah, i think he does, whether he wins for best picture or not. >> well on his way. >> whether he wins or not, what a turn around. it's incredible. >> great movie. >> it is a great movie. >> rachel, thank you. coming up on "good morning america," international mystery. the american mother who vanished while on vacation abroad is found stabbed to death. at least nine people are being questioned, and our reporters are on the scene retracing her last days. >> nine people being questioned. also ahead, bam, before the big day josh and sam get a tour of the big easy from the king of new orleans. emeril lagasse. and find out how a little girl's tears melted the heart of one of the toughest players in
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of new orleans from the man who practically owns that town, emeril lagasse. good morning, america. i'm dan harris. very, very jealous of josh and sam. >> doesn't look like they're having much fun. >> no. >> i love that town, as well. it's an exciting day. good morning, everyone. i'm bianna golodryga. it's sunday, february 3rd. also this morning, a great story. he's one of the toughest players in the nfl, but find out how houston's j.j. watt responded to a viral video of a young fan in tears. we'll talk to him live in our football "fixation." >> he is a good guy. i think he's america's next favorite player, but first here this half hour, the unraveling of a mystery involving a mom from new york who went missing while traveling overseas in turkey. the body of 33-year-old sarai sierra has now been found, and police say they are are questioning no fewer than nine people. abc's nick schifrin is in istanbul, turkey. >> reporter: dan, good morning. still a lot of questions, not only who killed sarai sierra but how did her body end up next to a highway on a hill just on the other side of this old city wall? also who are the nine people
police are questioning including two women about the death of this young american mother, who was on her first trip overseas? investigators are combing through this scrubland next to the railroad tracks looking for any hints of what happened to the 33-year-old new yorker. police found her body with a head wound and a blanket nearby still wearing all her clothes, even her earrings and a bracelet. they continued to scour this whole city for any clues. police have a new lead they're investigating this morning. they reportedly are speaking to a turkish man whom sarai contacted the same day that she disappeared. he says they were supposed to meet in this popular tourist spot, but she never showed up. sarai came to istanbul, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, to practice photography. a friend canceled at the last minute, so she traveled alone chronicling what she saw on her instagram page. this was the last time she was seen. surveillance cameras captured her walking through the mall the
day before she was due home. she seems calm and eats alone. >> reporter: she walked on to this street two weeks ago, january 20th. she walks down this road, and then she vanished. american and turkish investigators quickly launched a manhunt to try to find her. her family rushed here to help the hunt. her husband steven was anxious. >> you have so many thoughts going through your mind. you don't know what to think, what to believe. you don't know what to expect. you don't know what's going to come out of it. >> reporter: it ended in tragedy. investigators are trying to understand tantalizing clues. why was she carrying an extra pair of shoes and leave behind her passport, medical cards and phone charger in her rented room? her family now hoping for answers. her two sons back home and a heartbroken husband. >> i've been married to her for over 14 years, and my love for her is just is deeper than i ever had for any individual. >> reporter: one eyewitness reportedly tells police that she saw what could have been a body being removed from a car just down the road from here. it's one more lead in a murder
case that is very much still open. dan? >> thank you, nick schifrin reporting in from turkey this morning. let's take a look at the other stories making headlines overnight. and for that john muller is in for ron claiborne who is out this morning. >> good morning, dan. good morning, bianna. good morning, everybody. in the news this morning, a former marine now in custody suspected of killing ex-navy s.e.a.l. and author of the book "american sniper" chris kyle. kyle and another man murdered at a gun range in texas on saturday. eddie ray routh arrested believed to be suffering from ptsd. israel for the first same saying it was responsible for an air strike in syria last week. syrian tv released this footage today, saying it was the aftermath of the attack. according to u.s. officials the strike hit a convoy of anti-aircraft weapons headed for the militant group hezbollah. a man has been arrested after being tasers outside buckham palace this morning. the man was holding a knife to
his throat during the changing of the guard. the queen was not at the palace. and finally the inventor of etch a sketch, the iconic toy we all grew up with has died. andre cassagnes came up with the idea in the late 1950s, when he was working as an electrician. and i grew up in a house with seven kids and five sisters and we had one of these every year at christmas and i still can't do it well. >> they really are fun. >> are you good at it? >> no, i'm not good at it at all. >> it's hard to be good at it. >> we have something special now. ginger zee will actually do her whole forecast on this. >> i made a lightning bolt. it's terrible. not really anybody will see a lightning bolt today so it's not really the forecast. let me put that down. okay, good. look here at the pacific northwest, high pressure has been in control and will stay that way for a couple of days. what that means is more fog and smog so stagnant air. high today in reno, 53, redding, 63. but i'll put it in motion and the next graphic for you. i have to have girard do it because it looks like it's not working. maybe the etch a sketch got in the way. cold air pouring into the northeast. not going to be going any where
any time soon. later in the week we'll see a little moderation, 34 for new york city on tuesday. washington, d.c. will see 41 by the time we get to that midweek >> i'm just going to keep working on this because i need a lot of work. you're right, john. >> so hard. >> this is terrible. >> girard getting a shoutout in the forecast. >> yeah, meteorologist girard smith upstairs, thank goodness. >> can't do the show without him. >> no. >> thank you, ginger. coming up here on "gma," getting an eyeful of the big easy. see what josh elliott uncovers as he hits the town with a little sightseeing with sam champion and the king of new orleans, emeril lagasse. also, the teary-eyed little girl who couldn't wait to marry her nfl hero. find out what he did to win one of the biggest smiles you'll ever see. we're going to hear from him
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place even on a slow day, and i speak from a measure of experience here. so you can only imagine what it's like on this weekend with the super bowl today and mardi gras right around the corner. >> yeah, i want to hear your experience in new orleans. >> i shouldn't have said that. right now we'll talk about the football game. if you're going to tour the big easy, you may as well do it in style. if you're josh elliott, take a couple of friends along for the ride. josh, you got a couple of friends you left here in new york. >> reporter: i know, and i'm sorry. actually i want to hear much more about dan's experience in new orleans. for a later date, dan. yeah, i was lucky enough to tag along with my man sam and our pal robin roberts as she made her homecoming here to the gulf coast, and as we hit the town, look, there's no one better to show it to you than the man who virtually owns it, the one, the only emeril lagasse. ♪ i figured if we're going to really hit new orleans for the big game, we needed to recruit the biggest man in town. if there's a better man to be
driving you around this town, i don't know. bam. emeril lagasse, who's called the crescent city his professional home for over 30 years. so what was your first job here, emeril, 1982? >> my first job was i took over commander's palace. >> that's a pretty famous little spot. >> that's a famous spot. the brennan family, they're still my family and i just fell in love with the city and the people and the food, of course. >> reporter: sam and i were beat from a long day of travel, so emeril gave us a lift to cafe du monde to grab some coffee and beignets, and along the way he showed us his new orleans. shockingly there was a lot of talk of food. >> this place is pretty famous for muffalettas. the place we just passed is famous for cheeseburgers. people take food here so seriously. they're eating lunch and talking about where they're going to have dinner. >> reporter: and, of course, we can't forget this. ♪ >> this spot right here is tons of music like you just heard,
kermit. tons of music will be happening there. ♪ >> reporter: and with the whole city decked for both the super bowl and the annual bacchanal of mardi gras, the streets are packed. >> emeril. >> reporter: but enough about that, i had other priorities. >> the recipe for what else, coffee and beignets. established in 1862. 151 years, and this is all we serve. >> reporter: my craving satisfied, emeril insisted there was more to new orleans life than delicious, delicious beignets. mm-mm. what? what? last but not at all least, we followed em to one of his favorite new orleans eateries, nola where we dug into what can only be described as not just any chicken wing. >> don't be afraid. >> reporter: i'm a little afraid. >> don't be afraid. >> reporter: all right. >> and then it's just -- tell me
that's not good chicken. >> reporter: well, i have lost my audio, but i will tell you, guys, emeril lagasse, he owns this town. we couldn't walk five, six feet without having somebody run, hug and thank him for just being him. it was terrific. what a day, and if you think it all ends with the super bowl folks here, you're wrong. mardi gras, literally days away. it's -- who are we kidding? dan harris can actually ably report it's mardi gras 365 days a year. who are we kidding. >> that is true and i can sense josh is already angling for an assignment, a return assignment to new orleans. >> that city is so special, i don't blame him. >> great tour. thank you very much. we appreciate it. coming up here on "gma," meet the football who made the play of the day for his youngest fan, there she is. we'll talk to him live about what he did for this extraordinary young girl. ♪
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♪ ♪ hey, welcome back. we got a football "fixation" on this sunday morning. i'm fixated on these massive cheeseburgers we have in front of us but they're telling me we need to talk about something else. let me tell you about there's some counterprogramming involving animals going on tonight. they have the puppy bowl on animal planet and during the super bowl, they're going to have a halftime show of beyonce but the puppy bowl has a halftime show of kittens. this is what we call a future leaning fixation. a lot of people will be fixated on this tonight. those kittens are actually pretty cute. >> yes.
all right, so another -- i don't know if it's cute, but it's definitely interesting, the denver mayor, the mayor of denver wanted to give a little attention to his super bowl pick, so let's look. ♪ ♪ so hot and ♪ ho >> yes. >> this is in front of his whole -- >> was he aware they were rolling on that? >> i think he's happy that they're rolling on that. >> tell you what, ray lewis has a little competition there. >> yeah. >> a little sweat and listen. you can't hear, he says, all right, let's get to business. >> yep. >> that's what dan does every morning before he goes on the air. >> how we start every day. >> the story we've been teasing, j.j. watt, the houston texan player breaks lots of hearts left and right. broke 6-year-old breanna's heart. so we think. listen to her. >> i want to marry j.j. watt. >> you wanted to do what? >> marry j.j. watt. >> you want to marry j.j. watt? >> and so what happens? >> you need to be 25.
>> j.j. watt proposes. >> would you be my pretend wife for the day? >> with a ring pop. >> with a ring pop. >> oh. no more crying. i don't like it when you cry. >> those are tears of happiness for little breanna. she's not 25 yet, but she's married now or so -- >> if only you could get off the hook with a ring pop. >> and j.j. watt is joining us live now, good morning. thanks so much for coming on. >> good morning. thanks for having me. >> so what inspired you about breanna's story? >> oh, i mean obviously i never like to see a young fan crying so to see the video that breanna sent, it kind of hit me. it touched my heart, and so it was really cool that we could make it heart, and i need to thank all of my twitter fans and facebook fans for helping me find her. >> great selection with the ring too. can't go wrong with a ring pop. >> thank you.
i appreciate it. we were very excited. i had the blue one, she had the pink one. we were all set. >> i heard you did a little dancing. what was your first dance? >> our first dance, her favorite artist is justin bieber, so we did a little dance to justin bieber, and it was beautiful. >> how do you feel being lumped together, you and justin bieber? >> it's a little odd combination, but i'll do anything for little breanna. on her wedding day she deserves whatever she wants. >> she's got eclectic taste. j.j., thanks so much. we appreciate it. we'll be right back. ♪ ♪ ple. we're vampires after all. but then we tried new nutri-grain fruit crunch bar. it's so crunchy. crunchy granola, mmmm... made with real fruit, 20 grams of whole grains. now, we love mornings. it's amazing what we're getting done. ♪ [ laughs ] whoa. slow down, boy. mornings. who knew? new kellogg's nutri-grain fruit crunch. love the morning.
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